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Monthly Archives: May 2010

State to judge: Dismiss suit over parole system (access required)

A lawsuit claiming thousands of Virginia inmates have been unfairly denied parole should be dismissed because early release is discretionary and proper procedures have been followed, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge last week. An attorney for ...

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Clubs challenge constitutionality of topless ban for mixed drinks (access required)

The owners of three Virginia nightclubs are challenging state laws that prohibit stripping and topless dancing at clubs that serve mixed drinks. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments in the case ...

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EPA announces tougher regs to combat pollution in bay (access required)

WASHINGTON – Standing above a distressed river that feeds the Chesapeake Bay, the top federal environmental administrator detailed a restoration plan for the waterway on Wednesday that relies on heavier regulation of pollution from sources such as large animal farms ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On April 23, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Virginia Beach lawyer Diane Baily Fenton’s license to practice law for 60 days, effective April 30, and imposed terms for violating professional rules that govern diligence and declining or terminating ...

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Michael B. Steele joins Kaufman & Canoles

Michale B. Steele has joined the Newport News office of Kaufman & Canoles as an associate in the litigation section. His practice includes insurance defense, class action defense, fiduciary liability defense, and labor and employment litigation. Steele was previously an ...

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Work camp hijinks went too far, lawsuit alleges

A federal complaint by a former state prison inmate claims he was tormented by a series of cruel pranks at the hands of a guard at a Botetourt County work camp. The lawsuit reads like a list of frat house ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Parental Presumption – Voluntary Relinquishment (access required)

The Court of Appeals says a trial court erred in finding, as the predicate for rebuttal of the parental presumption of custody, that appellant voluntarily relinquished his parental rights to his son, and it remands the award of primary physical ...

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Juror Feedback: Research after a verdict can educate counsel for next time (access required)

After the conclusion of a trial, lawyers often want to ask jurors a simple question: How did I do? The lawyer who lost the case may particularly want to know how the juror reached its conclusion and why, so she ...

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Tattoo artist injures thumb in Richmond traffic crash – $300,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a tattoo artist who sustained ligament damage to the interphalangeal joint of his thumb when he was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Surgery was eventually performed to fuse the joint, and he ended up with some permanent loss of ...

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